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USS LST-711


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Romeo - Tango
NFRT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)


LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 May 1944, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 3 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-711, 28 July 1944, LT. Francis C. Huntley, Francis C. USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-711 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operation
    Morotai landings, 15 September 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindoro Island Landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS LST-711 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    23 September to 25 October 1945
    17 November 1945 to 15 April 1946
    5 to 17 July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 11 August 1946, and transferred to the U.S. Army
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
  • USS LST-711 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-711 76k USS LST-711, USS LST-1025, USS LST-574 and an unidentified LST beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 29 May 1945, waiting to load Royal Australian Air Force vehicles for the invasion of Lubuan, British North Borneo.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG2807.
    Australian War Memorial
    LST-711 77k USS LST-711 and USS LST-590 beached at Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies, 29 May 1945, waiting to load Royal Australian Air Force vehicles for the invasion of Lubuan, British North Borneo.
    Australian War Memorial photo # OG2803.
    Mike Green
    LST-711 55k USS LST-711 beached at Tarakan, Borneo, circa May 1945 LST Home Port web site
    LST-711 89k USS LST-711 beached at Okinawa, circa 6 to 16 July 1946.
    Personal log of crewman Aurelio Soto indicates USS LST 711 arrived at Iwo Jima, 0700 6 July 1946 and was docked there until 1800 12 July 1946. The ship was headed for Saipan that day, but received a radio message to return and arrived back in Iwo Jima at 2145 and stayed docked there until 16 July 1946. (Thanks to Richard Soto)
    Sue Ellen Williams in honor of her father, Alfred G. Williams (1927-2007) S1/c USS LST-711
    LST-711 97k USS LST-711 personnel inspection, date and location unknown. Note the tanks on the main deck. Sue Ellen Williams in honor of her father, Alfred G. Williams (1927-2007) S1/c USS LST-711

    USS LST-711
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Huntley, Francis C., USNR 28 July 1944 - March 1946
    02LTjg. Peterson, Stanley E., USNR March 1946 - July 1946
    03LTjg. Remington, Lawrence J., USNR July 1946 - 11 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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